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Breaking News: Kim Kardashian Walked Across the Street

Sarah Dilts, Pepperdine studentSarah Dilts, a student in Jon Pfeiffer’s Spring 2016 Mass Communication Law class at Pepperdine University, wrote the following essay in response to the prompt: “Journalists in the United States can publish stories on nearly anything that warrants coverage and this gives readers the opportunity to find information on any topic from every angle. However, sometimes the most important issues are overshadowed by less important information (think trending cat videos on YouTube). What is one topic that the media should give more emphasis?”

“Breaking News: Kim Kardashian…

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  • Pepperdine Student Comments
  • May 25, 2016

The Three Stooges Stole My Life Story - Conclusion

Three Stooges Stole Life StoryWhat would you expect Boal to say in response to Sarver’s claims? You guessed it, Boal denies that the screenplay was based on Sarver. In fact, he told the LA Times that “William James is a fictional character that is the product of my imagination.”

Sarver felt otherwise. He sued the producers and Boal for a violation of the right of publicity, claiming that the movie improperly used his likeness.

The complaint was dismissed per California’s anti-SLAPP statute (Anti-Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation) and…

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  • Above the Law
  • May 18, 2016

The Three Stooges Stole My Life Story

Three Stooges Stole Life StoryWhen my son Jack was six years old, he went to a birthday party for a girl in his class. The girl had a Barbie house and when Jack saw it he said, “With only about 200 changes, that Barbie house could be an army base.”

Jack isn’t a judge, but his transformative skills would qualify him to decide right of publicity cases for the Ninth Circuit. But I’m getting ahead of myself.

Let’s start with introductions. Jack meet Jeff. Jeff meet Jack.


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  • Above the Law
  • May 11, 2016

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